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Violence in Libya does not stop rebel musician.

Summary: The Libyan revolution has been tough on rebel fighter and guitarist Massoud Abu Assir's rock band.

The Libyan revolution has been tough on rebel fighter and guitarist Massoud Abu Assir's rock band.

The musician, from Benghazi, joined the fight against Gaddafi from the very beginning, and his band, originally called "Libya Tomorrow" but now known as "Free Libya," has tried to perform on Libyan television in the past but was told they must sing songs praising Gaddafi.

Abu Assir's bass player was captured by Muammar Gaddafi's forces, and when he is not fighting, his drummer is.

But those setbacks have not stopped the 38-year-old amateur musician from composing songs in support of the revolution and performing them for rebels on the battlefield.

Like many of the rebels, Abu Assir is desperate for Nato to intensify airstrikes against Gaddafi's forces and provide new weapons.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Geographic Code:6LIBY
Date:Apr 22, 2011
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